Journaling Is All About You

When you’re not trying to please someone, fit in with a group or meet the expectations of others, you may ask yourself, “What do I really believe?”  It’s not always easy to find and may be well-hidden to avoid making yourself vulnerable.

One way to explore this is to write in a journal.  Give yourself permission to write whatever comes to mind in a stream-of-consciousness style, without editing or criticizing your thoughts. Write for yourself without sharing your writing.  Keep it private so you won’t feel self-conscious or afraid of what others would think.  If you eventually decide to share your writings, be certain to select supportive, positive people.

Begin by completing each of the phrases by writing 20 different answers.  This will help you start to uncover some of your beliefs.

  • What is important to me is…
  • I believe that…
  • What I treasure in my life is…
  • I trust…
  • What I find delightful is…

Be patient with yourself.  It may take awhile for your beliefs to emerge.  Let them come at their own pace.  And, yes, it is all about you.  Isn’t it time to discover what you believe?


*Originally published  11/20/06 in The Kansas City Star “FYI Solutions” Section, “An Authentic Life” Column as a series of articles contributed by Kansas City life coach Lorrie Crystal Eigles. Eigles provided monthly insights, tactics, and encouragement to help readers realize their potential and lead more rewarding lives.